If tourists do not buy a tour at a travel firm, they can depart from the ancient town of Hoi An and head for Cua Dai Beach where they take a 20-minute motor boat ride to Cu Lao Island, or a wooden boat ride which costs less but lasts an hour.
Cu Lao Cham covers 500 hectares and has eight islets - Hon Lao, Hon Dai, Hon Mo, big and small Hon Kho, Hon La, Hon Tai, and Hon Ong. It is home to around 3,000 people.
The two most beautiful beaches on the island are Xep and Chong. If travelling in groups, tourists can set up a camping site, a fire and enjoy barbecued seafood on the beach. At night, the island is very peaceful and safe for visitors.
Those who want to learn about the daily chores of islanders should choose to stay at a local family at a cost of VND 50,000 (US$2.23) per person per night. Tourists can get up early in the morning to buy fresh seafood which can be cooked by themselves or the home owner.
Life on Cham Island is tranquil and slow while local people are friendly. Especially, they are aware of environmental protection. No nylon bags can be found on the island, so banana leaves, newspaper and carton paper are used for wrapping instead.
The ideal time for visiting Cham Island is summer when tourists can dive and snorkel to admire coral reefs and take a boat tour of beaches and fishing villages around the island.
Another destination that tourists should not miss on Cham Island is Bai Lang archaeological site where tourists can admire pottery and glass artifacts. It is an important site in the relic system of Cham ethnic people in Hoi An City and the central region.
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